Doctor Who Wednesdays #46

The Doctor: “But a hundred and one places to see, and you haven’t been to any of them, have you? That’s why you keep the book.”

Clara: “I keep the book ’cause I’m still going.”

The Doctor: “But you don’t run out on the people you care about. Wish I was more like that. See, the thing about a time machine is that you can run away all you like and still be back for tea, so what do you say? Anywhere, all of time and space right outside those doors.”

— Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald, The Bells of St. John’s


Doctor Who Wednesdays #34

Clara: You’re going to help me?

The Doctor: Well, why wouldn’t I help you?

Clara: Because of what I just did. I just…

The Doctor: You betrayed me. Betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I’ve ever stood for. You let me down!

Clara: Then why are you helping me?

The Doctor: Why? Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?

— The Twelfth Doctor, Death in Heaven

Doctor Who Wednesdays #28

The Doctor: Okay then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story. Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgment. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite. Eat now with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow, so… so come on then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn’t believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!

— The Eleventh Doctor, The Rings of Akhaten

Okay, so this week’s quote has been giving me a bit of trouble, because I don’t really know how to describe why I love this quote so much. And I feel that the quote loses something when it’s just words on the page because you don’t see the emotion behind the words as the Doctor attempts to save a world from a sun creature that feeds on memories. You don’t see the pain and the loss as he speaks of the experiences he has had in the span of his long life.

And so, as a change, this week I am including a link to a clip of this scene as my reason for why I love this quote.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #24


Heads up lovely readers, this is a long quote (well, technically it’s two quotes), but I have a good reason for picking it, I promise. 

The Doctor: Yes, because there are laws. There are laws of time. And once upon a time there were people in charge of those rules. But they died. They all died. So you know who that leaves? Me! It’s taken me all these years to realize, the laws of time are mine! And they will obey me!

The Doctor: Nah! … Different details but the story’s the same.

Brooke: But you can’t know that! And if my family changes the whole of history could change. The future of the human race. No one should have that much power.

The Doctor: Tough.

Brooke: You should have left us there.

The Doctor: Adelaide I’ve done this sort of thing before. In small ways, saved some little people. But never someone as important as you. Oh, I’m good.

Brooke: Little people?! What, like Mia and Yuri? Who decides they’re so unimportant? You?

The Doctor: For a long time I thought I was just a survivor, but I’m not. I’m the winner. That’s who I am. The Time Lord Victorious.

Brooke: And there’s no one to stop you.

The Doctor: No.

Brooke: This is wrong, Doctor. I don’t care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.

The Doctor: That’s for me to decide. Now you better get home. Aw! It’s all locked up. You’ve been away. Still, that’s easy. All yours.

Brooke: Is there nothing you can’t do?
The Doctor: Not anymore.

— Tenth Doctor, The Waters of Mars

Remember how I said last week that it wasn’t good for the Doctor to travel alone for too long? Well, this is one of the reasons why. This is one of the times he got carried away. Like Donna said in her first adventure with the Doctor, “I think sometimes you need someone to stop you.” But after Donna left, he travelled alone for too long and he didn’t have someone with him to stop him when he really needed it. Because as Brooke stated – “Time Lord Victorious is wrong.” And in some ways this episode, with the Doctor behaving in this way, made it easier to say goodbye to this Doctor, something that happened just a few short episodes later.

I mean, it was still really sad to say goodbye to Ten, because he was such an amazing Doctor. But after this episode, it was clear that he needed to regenerate. He needed something of a fresh start. Because he had gone too far. Because “Time Lord Victorious” is contrary to what it means to be “The Doctor.” And “Time Lord Victorious” has lost site of his belief that everyone is important.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #23

Jackson Lake: Tell me one thing. All those facts and figures I saw of the Doctor’s life, you were never alone. All those bright and shining companions. But not anymore?

The Doctor: No.

Jackson Lake: Might I ask why not?

The Doctor: They leave. Because they should. Or they find someone else. And some of them— some of them forget me. I suppose in the end… they break my heart.

— Tenth Doctor, The Next Doctor

This is such a sad quote (especially if you know the story behind “the one who forgot”), but I love what it explains about the Doctor’s life and the problems that come with living a long life. It also explains why he sometimes decides that he should travel alone, which is never actually a good decision. When you lead the type of life the Doctor lives, and you live it for as long as he does, you inevitably lose people. And this Doctor, who is funny and clever, and has more adventures than you can count, also gets his heart broken time and time again. But ultimately he always finds someone new to travel with. Because he has to. Because it’s not good, especially for him, to travel alone for any great length of time. He loses perspective, and sometimes he gets carried away. Sometimes The Doctor needs friends to remind him of what kind of man he is.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #22

Sycorax Leader: Who exactly are you?

The Doctor: Well, that’s the question.

Sycorax Leader: I demand to know who you are!

The Doctor: I don’t know! See that’s the thing. I’m the Doctor. But beyond that I just don’t know. I literally do not know who I am. It’s all untested. Am I funny? Am I sarcastic? Sexy? Right old misery? Life and soul? Right-handed, left-handed? A gambler, a fighter, a coward, a traitor, a liar, a nervous wreck? I mean judging by the evidence I’ve certainly got a gob. notices the glowing orb. And how am I going to react when I see this? A great big threatening button. A great big threatening button which must not be pressed under any circumstances, am I right? Let me guess. It’s some sort of control matrix, hm? Hold on, what’s feeding it? And what have we got here? Blood? tastes it. Yep, definitely blood. Human blood. A positive. With just a dash of iron. But that means… blood control! Blood control! Aw! I haven’t seen blood control for years! You’re controlling all the A positives. Which leaves us with a great big stinking problem. Because I really don’t know who I am. I don’t know when to stop. So if I see a great big threatening button which should never ever ever be pressed, I just want to do this— pushes button

— Tenth Doctor, The Christmas Invasion

Hello Lovely Readers! Can you believe it’s already June? I definitely can’t… where have the months gone? As you have no doubt already noticed, another month brings us up to another Doctor. Strangely enough I have been having a difficult time finding quotes for the Tenth Doctor, mostly because I didn’t plan very well at the start of the year and have already used some of my favourites in earlier months. But I am confident I will succeed, because I know there were many quotes I loved from Ten.

This week I decided to go with another quote from Ten’s first episode. This is also a quote that I think does a good job of describing the change in the Doctor. It was very important that the writers get this regeneration right, as it was the first regeneration of the new series, and by extension, the first regeneration new viewers had witnessed. I thought this quote, in typical Ten humourous fashion, did a great job of reminding everyone that he was still The Doctor, still essentially the same man, while also being different due to the change in face. And this Doctor is going to be one who just can’t resist a Big Red Button.

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